Cape May Spring Festival
May 14 - May 18
Immerse yourself in the Cape May Spring Festival! Experience the legendary birding hot spots all within about a 35-mile drive: Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area (WMA), The Nature Conservancy’s South Cape May Meadows (aka “The Meadows”), TNC’s Garrett Family Preserve on Cape Island Creek, and up the road a piece, Cox Hall Creek WMA. Further north, on Rt. 47 (aka “Shorebird Alley”) are Cooks Beach and Reeds Beach, Belleplain State Forest, and shorebird-filled impoundments at Heislerville WMA in Cumberland County.
The Delaware Bayshore plays host each spring to the magical Horseshoe Crab/shorebird spectacle.
We’ve put together a host of special activities including trolley trips, special walks, field workshops, and indoor programs, including sunset activities on Friday. Add to this the cacophony of warblers singing and sporting their spring best, and you’re in for a fantastic festival.
Your registration includes a wide selection of bird walks with our extremely talented local naturalists, as well as indoor programs, both educational and entertaining. There are also special “experiences” available exclusively to registrants, for additional fees, such as small group walks and talks with our keynote speakers and others.
On Friday evening, join us for social time at The Grand Hotel with a keynote presentation by author Jim Wright, who will speak about his most recent title: The Real James Bond. It’s an early evening, so you can take advantage of one of several activities to experience the sunset/moonrise with spawning horseshoe crabs on nearby beaches. There is no extra fee for this fun evening!
On Saturday evening, Jason Ward, host of Birds of North America documentary series (produced by Topic and distributed by YouTube), will tell us how an urban Peregrine Falcon in New York City launched his lifelong passion for birds. Jason’s excitement for birds in this YouTube series has influenced a new generation of naturalists.
You’ll definitely want to sign up for an exploration of the back bay aboard The Osprey, offered twice each day. Captain Bob and our naturalists always seem to come up with something rare and exciting.
Round out your weekend with our 3-hour “Trip to the Rips” on Sunday afternoon. This trip is timed for the changing of the tides just offshore, which stirs up the fish, which brings in the birds! This trip is only available to 3-day and Sunday registrants. The trip sells out, so sign up early.